Be Careful Out There Tomorrow

Tomorrow in the United States there are going to be many people who are going to be ecstatic and celebrating. There will be more people who are going to be horrified and depressed. And a large group who just don’t want to be caught in the crossfire.

Regardless of which group you’re in, be careful.

If you’re celebrating, consider that those in mourning are probably assuming that you have limited empathy or humanity. Prove them wrong.

If you’re horrified, consider that those celebrating think they’ve been marginalized and pushed aside in recent years. Show them that the proverbial pie is more than big enough to go around. It’s not a zero sum game.

To those in the middle, as much as you might want to cover your heads and hope it all goes away, it’s not going to. See if you can get those on both sides of you to find some middle ground that they can all agree on.

Be there for your friends and family when they’re frustrated and down. When you’re reaching the end of your rope, don’t be afraid to ask others for help.

For everyone on all sides, remember to step back and take a breath every now and then.

We will get through this.

We might even learn something and be the better for it.

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